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Fox fires Bryan Singer from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Fox fires Bryan Singer from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer from Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic that audiences have been looking forward to for years.

'This was a very taxing experience which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.

Sacha Baron Cohen had been set to write, direct and star as Mercury since the film was announced in September 2010 but in the summer of 2013 he pulled out of the project, reportedly because he and Queen, who have script and director approval, were unable to agree on the type of movie they wanted to make. Evan Rachel Wood tweeted at the time "Let's not forget about Brian Singer either".

The confrontations between Singer and Malek are said to have never become "physical", but the director did throw "an object" (chair? mic stand? glitter?) at his front man at one point.

Singer, also the director of The Usual Suspects, has long had accusations of child sex abuse hover over him - though, it should be said, much fewer formal accusations under the law.

Trouble began when Singer went absent during production on several occasions.

Despite being over a year away, one of next year's most anticipated movies was quickly pegged to be already Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody. Apparently this follows weeks of tension on the set between Singer and star Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the film.

With just over two weeks of principal photography left to wrap up the film, Fox may tap an insider to complete it rather than seek an outside director.

Tom Hollander also reportedly quit his role as band manager Jim Beach before being convinced to return to the movie.

The move comes after Singer failed to return to the set last week after the Thanksgiving holiday. Previously, Malek complained to the studio of Singer's unprofessionalism.

The studio ended up terminating Singer's employment under his pay-or-play contract, which, as far as I understand it, means that Singer was paid in full even though he ended up getting fired.

THR claims that a representative from the DGA has been on set to monitor the situation, which has apparently turned so toxic that Singer is said to be suffering from PTSD.

Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 25, 2018. Singer, the former "X-Men" director who has describes "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a passion project, has since said he left the U.K. -based production to care for an ill parent in the United States.